Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weekend Preview: November 20th - 23rd, 2014

From Katerina Friderici's installation at Twelve21 Gallery

Weekend Events.

Take out a second mortgage now, because the 5-Year Anniversary Rifle Paper Company Sidewalk Sale is this Friday (9:00am-8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am-5:00pm).

Through Sunday, catch OMArt's Festival of Trees from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets to the winter wonderland and the museum itself are $10 / $6 kids.

Thursday, November 20th

Rogue Pub on Curry Ford is hosting a Sushi Beer Dinner this Thursday at 7:00pm. $20 gets you four sushi rolls (by Sushi and Seoul) paired with four Founders Brewing brews. It also includes a special (liquid) dessert and a goodie bag. RSVP! (And maybe get a DD...)

This month's Ladies Fashion Hour (a fashion happy hour at The Falcon) will feature Other Peoples Property. From 7:00 to 10:00pm, get half off drinks, have your tarot read, and shop local. 

The 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop is happening this Thursday in Downtown. From 5:30 to 9:00pm, with "art, food, tech, and biz." As part of it, Jai Gallery will open its newest exhibit, Le Divin Feminin

Friday, November 21st

Bring lots of blankets to this month's Movie Under the Stars in Avalon Park, showing Maleficent at 7:00pm, complete with free popcorn. 

Giant glowing cocoons are art, too, mom!! See them at the Everything is Relative Opening Reception at Twelve21 Gallery. Meet the artist herself this Friday from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Saturday, November 22nd

It's time for Ivanhoe Village Jingle Eve! Events include Santa's workshop, the vintage Happy Holidays sign lighting, Christmas tree lighting, samples and specials by merchants, Food Truck Bazaar, vendors, and wine stroll. Everything is free except the wine stroll ($20), which is worth an alcohol-poisoning-inducing way. 

This Saturday, Central Park embraces Fall with the 5th Annual Winter Park Harvest Festival. This free event features a market, demonstrations, workshops, kids' activities, food, and live music.

Snap! Space presents another Artist Talk, Projection & Book Signing this Saturday at 5:00pm. It's a free event, but RSVP to save a spot.

Sunday, November 23rd

Wind down the weekend with Yoga in Lake Eola Park, at the corner of E Washington Street and N Eola Drive. The free class is from 10:00am to noon.

What's up this weekend, Orlandoans? Leave a comment! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Preview: November 14th - 16th, 2014

Photo by Tina Craig
Weekend Events

This Saturday, the Orlando Museum of Art kicks off the holiday season with the 28th edition of the Festival of Trees. $10 adults/$6 kids gets you into this winter wonderland, as well as the museum's other exhibits.

Saturday through Monday, the Enzian is hosting the 16th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival. Individual movie tickets are $11; times vary.

The Orlando Repertory Theatre presents A Christmas Story: The Musical, from now until December 28th every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 5:30pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 senior/student/military, and $12 for kids.

Friday, November 14th

Kick off your weekend with a one-of-a-kind bar crawl: the November Conductor Crawl. Meet at Ceviche on Church Street at 6:00pm, take SunRail up to Winter Park to grab a drink, and then head back down to Church Street for a nightcap.

Here's one for the Lake County peeps (or anyone willing to travel): the Mount Dora 2nd Friday Art Stroll is happening this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

"Red-hot blues and ice-cold brews" are two key components to Casselberry's second annual Craft Beer & Blues Festival, going on at Lake Concord Park from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Saturday, November 15th

Top Pick
Our favorite reading series turns two! Come celebrate at Functionally Literate Presents: Jeff VanderMeer with a reading and Q&A by both the New York Times-bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer and Usman Tanveer Malik. This free event takes place at 7:00pm at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Before the reading, come out to East End Market's Bookmark It for Florida Bookstore Day. This is your chance to meet eight different authors (every hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm) for readings, Q&As, and workshops.

Saturday night, Wall Street Plaza's FSU vs. Miami Block Party starts at 7:00pm with an outdoor showing and drink specials.

Get a head start on your small business holiday shopping at the ICS Bizarre Bazaar, this Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 70+ vendors; $5 entry.

This Saturday at noon, the Gallery at Avalon Island is hosting six artists to discuss their processes behind their work at the Between Fact and Fiction show.

Sunday, November 16th

This weekend, don't miss Southern Fried Sunday at Will's Pub, with performances by The Orange Blossom Trails, The Bloody Jug Band, and Due South. Your $7 cover also includes a BBQ dinner buffet (!); doors at 5:30pm.

It's bigger, it's better, it's the Orlando Toy and Comic Con! Check it out this Sunday starting at 10:00am.

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment below!

Bonus event: Yelp's Night at the Museum isn't until December 3rd, but you'll want to already save your seat. Tons of free food, drinks, and goodies at the Orlando Science Center; free for anyone with a Yelp account.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Weekend Preview: November 7th - 9th, 2014

Concerts, comedy, and Marlon Brando when he was hot--what more could you want from this weekend??

Friday, November 7th

Grab a blanket and a picnic basket, it's time to watch Marlon and Vivian steam up the silver screen for Leu Garden's Date Night: A Streetcar Named Desire starting at 7:30pm. $6, and bring a jacket since it's supposed to get a tad chilly!

Let's always take a moment to honor those that are willing to lay their lives down for the country they believe in. Show your support by taking part in Winter Park's 4th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration, starting at 9:30am.

Saturday, November 8th

You know what's better than a free concert? A free concert with an artist you actually have heard of and want to see! Check out the free (did we mention it's free?) concert: Celebration of the Seneff Arts Plaza starring Cheryl Crow starting at 8:00pm. This concert is to promote the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, so don't forget to have a look around while you're there. Also, it's free.

So, before you check out the artist that makes us break into song whenever "All I Wanna Do" comes on our playlists, take a self-guided tour of all the various areas of the new building during the Community Open House going on from noon - 6:00pm. Again, free!

Oi, did you know Britweek Orlando has been going on? We aren't pissing around, either--it's a proper festival in different cities. This year's do will end on Saturday with a British Bonfire Night that's sure to be aces! $5 general admission, 5:30 to 10:00pm and if you want to be cheeky you could wear your "Orlando is the tits" shirt and blend right in, mate. Cheerio. (Ok, now we've gone through all the British slang we know.)

Sunday, November 9th

We've been pretty obsessed with Mindy Kaling ever since her character from The Office made us laugh so hard we snorted (sexy, right?). Well, we now have a chance to watch the comedic play she came up with with her roommate before she was famous about what Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were like before they were famous. Matt and Ben starts at 7:00pm at The Venue, $15.

Speaking of awesome comedic plays, Play de Luna Presents: Disorderly Conduct is a collection of funny one act plays that are sure to keep you laughing until Monday morning. Starts at 6:00pm, $12, and get tickets in advance because half the shows are already sold out!

What are you up to this weekend Orlandoans? Tell us below!

Written by Tairi Pérez

Friday, October 31, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 31st - November 2nd, 2014

T.G.I.Halloween! We want everyone to have an awesome time this spooky weekend, but please do be extra careful on the road and don't be afraid to call a cab or an Uber to get home!

Friday, October 31st

While you can pretty much go anywhere and find a Halloween party, there's only one place you can go this Friday to hear the entire soundtrack to Pulp Fiction played by some of the best Orlando musicians. Will's Pub will have two show times of Pulp Fiction Live and is offering a free drink if you are in costume and three drinks if you're in a gimp costume (if you don't know what it is, I advise against Google image searches). The neighboring bars are also joining in the theme for the night, so don't be afraid to wander! $12 at the door, 8:00pm.

Start the weekend off in a healthy way with Orlando's Critical Mass's Halloween Critical Blast: Ride of the Living Dead! Grab your costume and bike (and helmet--safety first!) and meet up with everyone at 5:30pm at Loch Haven Park between the Science Center and Orlando Rep.

Oblivoween is sure to get your taste buds in the holiday spirit with different specials and a free haunted house. 6:00pm, and bring your appetite!

If you're looking for a quieter night but still want some classic Halloween enjoyment and possible nightmares while you sleep, the Enzian is playing two films to get you in the mood. Freddy vs. Jason will be playing at 7:30pm and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre at midnight! $10; we recommend buying tickets in advance.

If you've never seen the Rocky Horror Picture Show, well, shame on you (no, really, fix that now and forever understand why everyone loves Tim Curry). Here's your chance to catch it this Halloween at The Abbey. $20, doors at 7:00pm. Let's do the time warp again!

It's probably safe to say everyone has tried the downtown thing on Halloween at least once in their Orlandoan existence. And while it's a fun adventure, if you're looking for a fun block party that won't end with a drunk college girl puking on your rented Dorothy costume (looking at you girl in cat costume three years ago), check out Thornton Park's Halloween Block Party. $10, 9:00pm. They will have live music, a DJ, a burlesque show, photobooths, and a lot more!

Saturday, November 1st

While we love us some craft beer and can sometimes be a little nerdy about it, we still get a little twinge of jealousy when we meet someone who brews their own beer. If you're like us, Orlando Brewing Company is doing you a solid by taking part in National Learn to Homebrew Day. From 1:00 to 5:00pm, free of charge, you can see exactly how beer is made and how to recreate it at home! It's like when you got your first kid's science experiment kit, only now the end result is beer instead of smushed bugs between two microscope slides.

Take advantage of the crisp weather this weekend with not only hot lattes (we'll stop making fun of pumpkin spice drinkers, we promise), but also the annual Fall Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola. More than 300 local and national artists and crafters invite you to buy your holiday gifts and decorations from small, independent businesses this year at an event that attracted thousands last year. Starts at 10:00am and runs through Sunday 5:00pm.

Photo by UrbanExpressions
Happy Anniversary to East End Market! To celebrate they are holding a We're Turning One! party from 2:00 to 5:00pm with free classes, samples, music, and cheese.

Looking for an incredible Orlando experience this Saturday night? Creative City Project 2014 brings downtown Orlando to life with performances scattered all over public spaces, including dance, music, art, theater, etc. Runs from 7:00pm to midnight downtown and a map can be found in the comments part of the FB event page.

Sunday, November 2nd

From 4:00 to 6:00pm, join the Gallery of Avalon Island and Bookmark It for the book launch celebration of "Art Capsules: The Contemporary Art Scene in Central Florida and Beyond", a new work by local author Egberto Almenas, PhD. Free of charge and many of the renowned artists referenced in the book will be in attendance and available for book signing!

The Japan Association of Orlando is hosting the Orlando Japan Festival from noon to 5:00pm. Raffle prizes among other events! Free to attend.

What are you up to this boo-tiful weekend? Tell us below!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 24th - 26th, 2014

Photo by Nicolas Sénégas from Snap! Space's IDENTITY exhibit 
It's the weekend before the weekend that is consumed with costumes and drunk fools roaming our city. Take advantage of the calm before the storm.

Weekend Events

because who doesn't need
a yarn jellyfish?
Movie buffs, listen up: Orlando Film Festival this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Downtown's Cobb Plaza Theater on Orange. Day passes are $15. Lots of movies and plenty of events.

The 30th Annual Mount Dora Craft Fair is happening Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Get. Your. Craft. On.

It's also the Lake Mary Heathrow Festival of the Arts this Saturday and Sunday. So, you should probably do that too.

Friday, October 24th
Your chance to finally join
the Midnight Society!

IDENTITY opening at Snap! Space at 7:00pm; free; rsvp. Catch an Artist Talk with Zun Lee the following day (Saturday) from 2:00 to 4:00pm. (also free. also awesome)

High Fidelity: James Cornetet Solo Exhibition at Jai Gallery. The vernissage (preview) party is this Friday from 7:00 to 10:00pm; free but rsvp is appreciated.

Leu Gardens goes creepy with Ghost Stories, Friday night at 6:00pm. Food and drinks available for purchase; $10 adults, $5 kids/members.

Friday is your last day to get tickets for Sunday's Halloween DIY Workshop! (See below.)

Saturday, October 25th

Orlando's Most Authentic Oktoberfest this Saturday from 2:00 to 11:00pm in Casselberry.

For an option with less sausage and schnitzel but equal amounts of cabbage, try the Central Florida Veg Fest from 10:00 to 6:00pm. Free.

The College Park Jazz Fest is back this Saturday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm along Edgewater Drive with headliners Tiffany and Sisaundra Lewis (from The Voice). $5 minimum donation.

The election is coming up fast! Votelando is a free voters rally and festival with four stages and 70 acts. Includes food trucks, dunk station, drink specials, and more.

Following Votelando, catch local darling who left ua (#neverforget) Kaleigh Baker at the Votelando After Show at the Milk Bar at 10:30pm. She's amazing- don't miss it!

Sunday, October 26th

This Sunday from 11:00am to 3:00pm, Barber Park (5301 Gatlin Ave) is hosting the Conway Farmers' Market with produce, baked goods, food trucks, and arts and crafts.

Happy Czechoslovakian Independence Day! (What, you didn't know that?) Celebrate at the beautiful Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens' free open house this Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00pm. (Perhaps after the Winter Park Farmers Market?)

Do-it-yourself stamp making and Halloween crafting is going down at West Elm's Halloween DIY Workshop this Sunday from 4:00 to 7:00pm. Your $20 ticket includes stamps, crafts, greeting card, tote bag, snacks, beverages, and entrance to the store's limited-time pop-up shop (opening at 1:00pm).

What are you up to this beautiful weekend? Tell us below!

***BONUS EVENT*** The incredible Magic Mansion is happening again this Monday through Thursday in a spooky mansion in Downtown Orlando! Tickets are $29.95, but sign up for our newsletter (in the right column >> ) and you might be pleasantly surprised. Don't miss it!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 17th - 19th, 2014

Halloween is almost upon us. You can tell because the weather is getting crisp, pumpkins are everywhere, and the events in Orlando are getting just a little bit weirder...

Weekend Events

This Friday (5:30-10:00pm) and Saturday (5:00-10:30pm), Celebration turns German for the seventh year in a row with its annual Celebration Oktoberfest. There will be plenty of fall activities, from hayrides and pumpkins to falling leaves. (Yes, falling leaves.)

If Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All doesn't sound weird and awesome to you, then Halloween may not be your favorite holiday. See eerie performances this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that include storytelling, music, and dance. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for students and seniors.

Friday, October 17th

PechaKucha Night v14 is happening again this Friday at 7:00pm at The Orange Studio on Mills. Tickets go fast, so if they're sold out, keep an eye out on the event page and the tickets page to see if anyone is getting rid or their tickets.

Everyone's favorite campfest The Rocky Horror Picture Show is happening this Friday at 7:00pm at The Abbey in downtown Orlando. Tickets are $20.

Brews, bites, and books are convene at the Orlando Public Library's Booktoberfest this Friday from 6:30 to 8:30pm. $15 gets you into the beer tasting, some bites, and membership with the Friends of the Orange County Library System; remember to RSVP!

Saturday, October 18th

After Booktoberfest, check out Boktoberfest (with one "o" missing) in Lake Wales, including free entry to the gardens, a plant sale, food, beer, kids activities, and more.

Support Page 15 and the org's childhood literacy programs by checking out Orlando Story Club's Zoinks! Stories that Make You Jump! Tickets are $15 online.

Starting this Saturday at 3:00pm, Mills will be taken over by dozens of bands, art vendors, food trucks, and more. Access to all five venues participating in Music on Mills is yours for just 15 bucks either online or at the any of the venues (cash only). 

Up in Sanford, Little Fish Huge Pond is still on that Oktoberfest high with Julie and Mo's Oktoberfest Pub Crawl. Five stops, $20, this Saturday starting at The West End Trading Company.

The Drunken Odyssey live show is back with Horror Movie Poetry Night, this Saturday at 7:00pm at Downtown's Gallery at Avalon Island.

Asia Trend Magazine invites you to the Asian Cultural Expo, this Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This free event includes food, art, and performances from various countries from India to Indonesia. 

The Latin Food & Wine Festival is going on at Altamonte's Cranes Roost Park from 3:00 to 9:00pm with free admission.

Sunday, October 19th

Reflecting Florida "brings explorers, photographers, writers, poets, historians, naturalists, and chefs together for a day focused on Florida agriculture, art, and activism. Panel discussions, author presentations, and book signings will culminate in an open, market-wide happy hour." This whole day of mostly free activities is hosted by Bookmark It at East End Market from 11:00am to 6:00pm. 

What are you up to this weekend, Orlando? Leave a comment below!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Weekend Preview: October 9th - 12th, 2014

It's Come Out with Pride week in Orlando!!! Get ready for tons of events with tons of costumes and tons of LOVE.

Thursday, Oct. 9th

Come out to Enzian's Popcorn Flicks in the Park in Winter Park to see The Mummy. Forget Brendan Frasier- this is the 1932 classic! Free, 8pm, bring a blanket/lawn chairs!

Get your costume on and head over to Nerd Nite Orlando! If you haven't been before, you NEED to check it out! Starts at 7pm, but get there early to grab a seat! (will there be a presi on cosplay? You know it!)

Going to be in Winter Park anyway? Get your ass to the museum! The Cornell Fine Arts Museum is showing The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN. This doc tells the story of Washington, D.C. in the 1980s through the eyes of D.C. graffiti legend, COOL “DISCO” DAN. Intro by Dexos,
local muralist/graffiti artist. FREE, 6pm

A little too wholesome? Go out to Bullit Bar to watch Talbi Kweli rock out with Orlando's own Niko Is! 9pm, $10 (you read that right. only $10. how is this possible?!?!)

Thornton Park's 2nd Thursday Wine & Art Walk  is Halloween-themed! $10 gets you a stamp, a glass, and a map of all the locations where you will be greeted with a complimentary pour of wine, beer, or cocktail!

Friday, Oct. 10th

October Conductor Crawl. Meet at Ceviche at 6pm to join a group of awesome Orlandoans for a train ride and drinks. Then you'll finally be able to tell people you've ridden SunRail... Shhh!

Get your pride on at Come Out with Pride's Block Party at Lake Ivanhoe in front of The Hammered Lamb! 7pm, FREE!

How about another Culture Pop in Maitland! $5, 6:30pm, and this time it includes Literature Out Loud- kickass local lit readings!

An aerial artist, an art show, magic, a spectacle, an interactive art event, and a unicycle. All of this and more at 10.10.14 at the Orange Studio in Mills50. FREE, 7pm

But if you do nothing else on Friday night, go to Snap! After Dark2: A Creative Social Salon, sponsored by Come Out with Pride! There will be a live interactive fashion photoshoot, soulful performances, exotic spirits, exceptional art and video projections. $25 (I know, it's a bit over our $20 limit, but we had to include it!)

Saturday, Oct. 11th

Not enough animal dressed as humans in your life? Get your fix at Barks and Burgers in Orlando Festival Park. $15. Oh yeah... and vote for your favorite burger!

PRIDE DAY! (for 'thrifty' folks)
12pm - Pride Festival! Come down to lake Eola and stroll through the park as 150+ vendors and orgs (with a new family fun zone that includes Orlando City Soccer players...MHM!)
4pm - Pride Parade! If you're not in it, go hang out around the roads in Thornton Park to catch all the amazingness!
5pm - Dance your sweaty little heart out at ClubH2O. Lakeside dancing, in-and-out privileges, $5
9pm - Fireworks over Lake Eola! Free and FABULOUS!! Take your fella/lady out there and sneak a smooch during the 15 minute show!
10pm - AND finally, Lil Kim at Parliament House. Because why the fuck not, that's why. $15/$20 at the door

Coinciding with the John Waters Cult Art Show, The Falcon's Classy Ass Costume Party closes out PRIDE DAY in the Gayborhood!! After fireworks over Lake Eola at 9pm, head over to The Falcon to pay tribute to the Pope of Filth, Mr John Waters. Bring your hairspray, your polyester, your cha cha heels and trampolines, wear your pencil thin mustache and don't forget to smile! 8pm - 2am

Sunday, Oct. 12th

The Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra's 58th Concert Season opens with this concert at the Bob Carr. Insanely talented kids playing great, classic music. Get cultured and go support! $8-$16.